Organic Ergonomics' father-and-son founders, Johnnie and Korrie Mapp, and their team of massage therapists goad physiques back to salubrious and balanced states with rehabilitative massages and reflexology treatments. Clients can close their eyes, spin around, and extend a toe to select one of six massage modalities from a diverse roster. A licensed therapist will then ferret out tender tissues while applying practiced strokes to boost circulation and evict chronic aches. Submit strained shoulders to the slow, gliding motions of a Swedish massage, or repose under the more probing pressures of a deep-tissue massage. Craniosacral techniques ply the areas around spinal-fluid channels to spur a smoother flow, and a Cayce/Reilly massage manipulates both joints and limbs to enable patrons to receive clearer signals from satellites beaming radio dramas.
Dr. Nicholas Balovich had two seemingly disparate health issues: repeated sinus infections and persistent knee problems. He found a solution in chiropractic, which revolves around the care and strengthening of the spine. He started his own practice to share with others the health benefits he found for himself, performing spinal adjustments, exams, and massages to soothe chronic pains in his clients.
“Forget about a chiropractor already … you need a real doctor.” Jon Schaier knows his patients are often told this by concerned friends and family. In fact, he himself was told this by his family when he herniated a disc in his lower back and felt pain so excruciating that everyone advised him to go in for surgery immediately. But he followed his instincts and saw a chiropractor, who managed to completely erase his pain without performing surgery, prescribing drugs, or forcing him to be carried everywhere on a litter.
That’s why Schaier believes in the healing powers of chiropractic so strongly. In 1992, the doors opened to Western Branch Family Chiropractic Center, a place where he could prove to his patients that chiropractic can effectively relieve pain. There, Schaier and his team educate patients about inflammation—the main culprit for back and arthritis pain—its causes, and its damaging effects on the body. Treatments such as cold-laser therapy and massage sessions target the spinal column, back, and neck and pair with diet and nutrition counseling to prevent future debilitating pain, whether a result of aging, sports injuries, or furious games of slapjack.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
The chiropractic doctors at Olde Towne Family Chiropractic and Little Neck Family Chiropractic can tell you stories about how one family member's illness touches the life of the whole family. Growing up sharing the triumphs and pains of a large clan inspired Ashley Genthner, DC, to focus her practice on family, from prenatal and pediatric care to services for old bones and fairy godmothers. Louis Fernandez, DC, was drawn to chiropractic as a child when he witnessed the way its hands-on healing helped his mother to recuperate from injury.
The chiropractic team employs both traditional and nonforce adjustments to keep clients standing tall during family basketball games. Massage therapists meld soothing aromatics with various massage techniques to treat sports, auto, and labor injuries in patients of any age. House calls accommodate patients unable to make their way to the office.
They might use different methods, but Dr. Suzanne Santjer and Dr. Eric Santjer of Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation each have a knack for rehabilitating injuries and quelling pain. Dr. Suzanne calls upon the Activator technique and uses light, comfortable force to sleuth out and fix spinal misalignment. Dr. Eric opts for a whole-body approach, manually manipulating the spine and doling out advice for lifestyle changes, such as sitting up straight or riding your bike, rather than sleeping on it. Once the team has examined patients, they prescribe them to a range of treatments, from adjustments to sessions with the onsite massage therapists.
The bright red sign that dominates Doan Wellness Center's simple awning displays a single word: chiropractor. This straightforward declaration sums up the primary function of the center, which welcomes guests for therapeutic massage sessions, chiropractic exams and adjustments, and detailed instruction of how to properly pronounce "coccyx." Tables for the massages and other services fill the treatment room, where simple white curtains are easily drawn to grant each patient privacy.